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Under The Sky - David Taylor

Under The Sky - David Taylor

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  • Fri 29 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sat 30 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 2 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 3 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 4 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 5 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 6 May ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 7 May ’16, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 9 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 10 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 11 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 12 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 13 May ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 14 May ’16, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 16 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 17 May ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts has the distinct pleasure of hosting an exhibition of new paintings by Feilding-based artist David Taylor. Known for his abstract works based on natural and man-made features, David continues to explore the patterns, layers and relationships of land, water and sky. Under the Sky: New Paintings by David Taylor will also include paintings depicting solely sea and sky.

These works compare and contrast the juxtaposition of water, air, waves and clouds: intricately connected yet dissimilar in substance. The exhibition will feature 20 recently completed oil and mixed media paintings by an artist and tutor whose work captures the essence of the world around us. David’s paintings remind us of the island we inhabit, its idiosyncratic environment and its special place in Nature.

The artist writes: “A memory of a time or place is often the starting point for exploring the formal qualities of painting, but inevitably the paintings evolve in a different direction. The paintings develop over a period of time to create a layered surface, which can be reworked, applying, removing and reapplying media.”

Taylor is a student of the work of the late American Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) whose thoughts reflect David’s painting methodology: “I don’t go into the studio with the idea of ‘saying’ something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.”

David Taylor, an Englishman by birth, completed a degree in Fine Art at Newport College in 1977 and then did a Post Graduate course in teaching art at Middlesex in London. He had exhibitions throughout the UK including Blackheath Gallery, London and also in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1980. A teaching exchange at Piopio College in the King Country in 1986 led to his permanent relocation to New Zealand the next year.

David has won numerous awards over the years including the JP Morgan Art Award in 1987 and 1990; the Telecom Art Award in 1995; the 1998 Manawatu Community Art Award; 2005 Feilding and District Art Award and in that same year, the Mainland Art Award (Otago).

Taylor’s abstracts have featured in the following selected exhibitions:
Between Tides (1996) and Picturing Our Place (1999) both at Te Manawa; Land, Sea, Sky (2001), (2004) and New Work (2007) all at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. David’s works has also appeared at Statements Gallery (2004); Thermostat Gallery (2006); Mangaweka Gallery (2007) and at Space Gallery, Wanganui (2015).

In the interim years the artist has shown at Emerge Gallery (Wellington); Flagstaff Gallery (Auckland); Seachelle Gallery (Nelson); Wine Country Gallery (Havelock North); Rona Gallery (Eastbourne) and at Heritage Gallery (Cambridge). David Taylor’s abstract expressionist paintings can always be found at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts.

David teaches art at Feilding High School where he has been on the staff since 1987; he and artist wife Ruth live in Halcombe.

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